Broad left narrative – 2: Owen Jones

owen jonesCould any reader write a narrative combining Owen Jones’ suggestions for policies, around which a left alliance could coalesce?

  • A living wage is good for workers and for businesses, with better-off customers and taxpayers, who will spend less subsidising poverty wages.
  • A homebuilding programme will reduce the social housing waiting list, create skilled jobs and waste less public money on paying private landlords.
  • Public investment banks could support local businesses currently starved of loans.
  • Concerns over immigration could be addressed through an “immigration dividend”: extra public money for services going to communities with higher levels of migrants.
  • Middle-class commuters resent taxes spent on far higher subsidies than in the days of British Rail. Public ownership – this time democratically involving passengers and workers –would benefit them.

 

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